Recently expanded with several new destinations, Maine Coast Heritage Trust's website now highlights two dozen preserves. While the days are shorter and the temperatures cooler, there is still time this season to plan your next Maine coast adventure. Here are some suggested itineraries to get you started.
Experiencing a Trail Less Traveled
Accessible year round, MCHT's mainland preserves showcase wildlife-rich habitat and dramatic ocean scenery. Spend a day on the Blue Hill Peninsula exploring the Tills Point, Lampson, and Witherle Woods preserves----scan for harbor seals in the Bagaduce River and bald eagles soaring high above Penobscot Bay. For a more ambitious journey, venture to Washington County where longer trails meander through the Frank E. Woodworth, Bog Brook, and Hamilton Cove preserves to secluded beaches and picturesque headlands.
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Discovering an Island Paradise
MCHT manages island preserves from Casco Bay to Washington County. For well-prepared travelers, a journey through Maine's storied Merchant Row, or a paddle to historic Treat Island, will build memories to last a lifetime. Those longing for greater isolation should head to Marshall, Whaleboat, and Tinker islands, where campsites await above the crashing waves, beneath the starry skies. If you are inexperienced in coastal navigation, please consider hiring a local guide.
New Preserve Pages
Escaping on the Next Ferry
With your bike in tow, hop aboard the Vinalhaven ferry to begin a day long island trek including an invigorating hike through MCHT's Huber Preserve. Take advantage of daily boat service that provides access to the Cranberry Shores Preserve and other sights on Great Cranberry Island. For the ultimate Maine island adventure, grab the next ferry to the Frenchboro Preserve, where challenging trails weave past one incredible ocean vista after another.
New Preserve Page
As always, when visiting MCHT preserves prepare in advance with proper clothing and equipment. We look forward to seeing you on the land, having a safe and enjoyable visit!